Don't Waste Your Time With Modes (Without Doing THIS...)

These bonus lessons have been created to supplement the material covered in the free YouTube lesson linked below. Please watch it first.

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Learning where the modes of the major scale come from is a waste of time IF you are not prepared to do the following…

Learn how and when to apply each mode over different chord progressions

Many guitar players are taught what’s known as the ‘relative approach’ to understanding modes, which is essential to know as it clarifies exactly what is meant by ‘modes of the major scale’

However, these same guitarists often hit a wall when this is the only approach they are taught for learning and applying modes in their playing.

The approach they need to learn next is one that I teach in my Bulletproof Guitar Player courses. It’s called the ‘parallel approach’, which concerns looking at each mode as an independent scale and analysing its scale formula next to that of the major scale.

So, instead of only learning about the relative approach which teaches you that D dorian is the 2nd mode of C major, E phrygian is the 3rd mode of C major, so on and so forth, you are then able to compare them all using the same root note - for example, C dorian, C phrygian, C lydian.

The benefit of doing the above is that it allows you to hear the unique sound of each mode as you’re able to build them all from the same root note. 

If you only take the relative approach of playing C ionian followed by D dorian then, E phrygian, F lydian, so on and so forth, then it’s likely that you’ll just hear them as if they were different positions of C major… 

When you understand the scale construction of the mode i.e. the parallel approach, you’ll be able to figure out which notes will fit and/or clash with the notes in the chords that you’re playing over.

That’s exactly what this free YouTube lesson is all about - we’re specifically taking a look at two of the major scale modes that have a predominantly minor tonality - dorian and aeolian.

I’ll be showing you how two different chord progressions and how to determine which mode - dorian or aeolian - is the best fit for each one. 

In the bonus content for subscribers at, you will find downloadable Guitar Pro & PDF TAB files for everything played in the YouTube lesson plus SIX bonus licks - three for the dorian mode, three for aeolian, and you’ll also get access to the downloadable backing tracks.

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Section 1

Watch an ad-free version of the YouTube lesson, study 6 bonus licks using the dorian and aeolian modes, grab the TAB files for everything and practice along with downloadable backing track!